Hybrid controlled atmosphere system delivered to technical university
Navajo Technical University (NTU) received a hybrid controlled atmosphere system from Optomec for education, research and workforce development in advanced metal additive manufacturing. NTU purchased the directed energy deposition machine with a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for use in its Center for Advanced Manufacturing, which is expected expected to open in 2020.
The NTUCAM provides a learning environment for developing a scientific and engineering professional workforce to support the advanced manufacturing industry. It will house leading-edge equipment and training on 3-D modeling and simulation, polymer and metal additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing post-processing techniques, materials testing and characterization, and metrology.
“We are creating a state-of-the-art lab with leading-edge technology that spans the whole metal additive manufacturing ecosystem right here on the Navajo Nation, giving our students access to critical skills for the future,” said H. Scott Halliday, director of NTU’s Center for Digital Technology and visionary behind the Center for Advanced Manufacturing. “materials to repairing parts.”
The NTU Center for Advanced Manufacturing will create a hands-on learning environment to promote education, research and workforce development for additive manufacturing. The LENS System will also be instrumental in the NTU Bachelor of Applied Science degree in advanced manufacturing and in elevating the Center’s research capabilities, metrology and testing services to industry and other institutions.
Tom Cobbs, Optomec LENS product manager. “What’s remarkable about this center is how – under one roof – students have access to advanced equipment and cross-discipline training in everything from CAD, to metal AM processing and machining, metrology and materials testing. Scott is doing an incredible service for NTU students and the companies they will ultimately work for by preparing them to become valuable assets post-graduation.”
– Edited from an Optomec press release by CFE Media.